Low Water Pressure at the Faucets

 Low Water Pressure at the Faucets

 

Even though I’m fairly busy with my full time job, I occasionally take on side work, especially during certain situations to help out a friend or client, and to keep my knowledge sprinkler water pressure  up to speed. I recently had a client who had a plumbing issue that involved low water pressure but only with the hot water side of the faucets. This can be a challenge trying to find exactly where the issue is. I checked all the faucets aerators (these are the little screen type things that are removable, unscrew them from the tip of the faucet) and found minor sediment built up. This turned out not to be much of a problem though. Since we knew it was the hot water side of all faucets, the next move would be to check out the water heater supply lines. When the issue of low water pressure arises, there are many different areas of concern.

What type of material is your piping made of, galvanized piping, used in older homes, will get a build up of sediment inside of itself over time, copper piping is much better than galvanized as long as the pipes do not come in contact with other metals which can cause electrolysis, a process that can clog the area of where you see corrosion happening.

Are there other signs of corrosion at certain points in your plumbing

Are previous repairs causing any problems

Check all valve stops, on all your supply lines, at each faucet (hot and cold) under the sink(s)

When dealing with a water heater there are certain things you need pay attention to.

How old is the water heater (15 years is getting old) but, does not mean it is bad.

Has maintenance been done on the unit (most people do not do this)

Are the flexible supply lines on the unit kinked

Now back to the problem at hand… After removing the supply lines we found a build up of sediment at the top of the water heater and this turned into being a dilemma. Normally, the first thought would be that the water heater needs replacing. But, with some creative thinking, we were able to clear the clog and get the water flowing again.

 

 

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